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Experiment Pointing With Magnetic Suspension
Author(s): Brian J. Hamilton
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Paper Abstract

A need has been identified for a payload auxilliary pointing system onboard the Space Shuttle which provides sub-arcsecond stability in the Shuttle disturbance environment. This paper describes such a pointing system, presently being developed by Sperry Flight Systems for the NASA Langley Research Center. At the core of the design is a non-contacting magnetic suspension which provides a high degree of isolation between payload and carrier. Design concepts and control laws will be discussed. Also, test results from full-scale protoflight hardware and planned system refinements will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 April 1981
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0265, Shuttle Pointing of Electro-Optical Experiments, (3 April 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.959863
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Brian J. Hamilton, Sperry Flight Systems Division (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0265:
Shuttle Pointing of Electro-Optical Experiments
William Jerkovsky, Editor(s)

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